Where in the World Are WPI Students in A-Term?

graphic of the world with circles of photos representing varied locations of WPI projects

The start of A-Term brings the goats back to their home on the hill, but it also means the beginning of new opportunities to work at project centers around the world. WPI’s distinctive Global Projects Program brings students and faculty into communities to work on projects that are meaningful to local partners and organizations, making a transformative impact on the lives of students and alumni. 

Past projects are as varied as one that researched toxicity and anti-tumor effects of chemotherapy drugs and another that created a device that would integrate universal automobile safety features with minimal consumer cost. Other students have collaborated on projects that included the development and presentation of stories involving the gastronomy and culture of rural Albanian villages and another that looked at the effects of sustainable fishing on the local economies and the lifestyles of the people in some Costa Rican communities.

Students are working on Interactive Qualifying Projects in 


Students are working on  Major Qualifying Projects in 

  • Switzerland with advisors Nancy Burnham (PH), Vadim Yakovlev (MA), Dave Medich (PH) and David DiBiasio (ChE) 
  • Kyoto, Japan, in collaboration with Ritsumeikan University, with advisor Jennifer deWinter (Adjunct)
  • Stockholm, Sweden in collaboration with Kungliga Tekniska högskolan (KTH) Royal Institute of Technology, with advisor Holly Ault (Adjunct)


And WPI has an exchange student in France at NEOMA Business School.


During the 2022-23 academic year, 1,114 students traveled to 54 project centers in 30 countries on 6 continents. Learn more about project centers at WPI.


See Global Projects in Action

Watch this video to learn more about how students work in partnership with communities around the world.